So I attempted to start my project tonight.. and had Success!!!
I just went slow and steady, with lots of patience. I still had the same issue as I did yesterday, but I decided to keep working with it, and I got it to work. The fact that it is 144 stitches, and the most I have done before this is 40, may have had something to do with it.
I have also started working with the donated yarn I got last night. I am making a scarf with it. It is gray and blue. I will probably make it child length, as I can easily donate them to a child's charity at work. I will post some pictures later on.